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1st July (Friday)
King Richard (2021, Drama, Biography, Sport, Cert: 12. Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal, Dir. Reinaldo Marcus Green)
Richard Williams is determined to see his daughters Venus and Serena fulfil their potential and become world beating tennis players and so, armed with a clear vision and a committed yet unconventional 78-page action plan and the help of his wife Brandy, he propels his vision forward with single minded determination. Training on the local, neglected tennis courts of Compton, California whatever the weather, the girls are shaped by their father's unyielding drive and their mother's balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.
King Richard is based on the true story that spawned two supremely gifted female athletes who dominated the tennis world for two decades.
Will Smith won both the Academy and BAFTA awards for Best Actor for his performance, though of course that's probably not what he'll be remembered for now.
King Richard Movie Review
by Cas Harlow ·
Will Smith shoots for another Oscar nomination with this earnest acting vehicle; a charming Straight Outta Compton underdog story about the trials and tribulations of the legendary Williams sisters and their relentlessly determined dad.
2nd July (Saturday)
Sundown (2021, Drama, Cert: 15. Tim Roth, Albertine Kotting McMillan, Samuel Bottomley, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dir. + Scr. Michel Franco) - added 20-Jun-2022
Neil and Alice Bennett are the core of a wealthy family on holiday in Mexico, when an emergency forces the family back home… except for Neil who deliberately misses the flight. Left on his own in the resort he meanders through the days striking up relationships with the locals but ultimately becoming more and more disconnected with the world around him and ignoring his family’s pleas for him to come home. Just what is going through Neil’s head?
3rd July (Sunday)
Zola (2020, Crime, Comedy, Drama, Cert:18. Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo, Dir. Janicza Bravo) - added 20-Jun-2022
A Detroit waitress strikes up a new friendship with a customer, who persuades her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip rapidly transforms into a 48-hour downward spiral involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, local gangsters and other unexpected complications.
Zola is based on a true story told in a popular twitter thread containing 148 tweets written by Detroit waitress A'Ziah "Zola" King about her exploits, which began with the words "Y'all wanna hear a story…?”
8th July (Friday)
How to Please a Woman (2021, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Sky Original Film. Sally Phillips, Caroline Brazier, Erik Thomson, Alexander England, Dir. + Scr. Renée Webster) - added 16-Jun-2022
Middle-aged Gina has just lost her job and feels stuck in a passionless marriage. Determined not to stay on the sidelines of life she starts a groundbreaking business with an all male house-cleaning crew. As her business booms, her female clientele demands something more and the enterprise moves to deliver an intimate experience that puts the woman at the very centre. As Gina faces the highs and lows of maintaining such a unique business, she learns to stand up for herself and to take control of her life.
9th July (Saturday)
South of Heaven (2021, Action, Crime, Drama. Cert: 15. Jason Sudeikis, Evangeline Lilly, Mike Colter, Shea Whigham, Dir. Aharon Keshales) - added 21-Jun-2022
After he receives early parole, convicted felon Jimmy Ray attempts to make restitution by spending time with the only woman he ever loved who is now dying. However, his attempts to give Annie the ‘best year of her life’ are thwarted by a crooked parole officer and a local crime boss.
10th July (Sunday)
Die in a Gunfight (2021, Action, Comedy, Crime, Cert: 15. Diego Boneta, Alexandra Daddario, Travis Fimmel, Justin Chatwin, Dir. Collin Schiffli) - added 21-Jun-2022
Caught up on opposite sides of a decades long and deadly feud between two powerful New York families, Mary and Ben’s love affair strains to stay one step ahead of their parents’ attempts to keep them apart. With hitman, corporate corruption, love, jealousy, revenge and lust, coming to a head, can the passionate lovers stay true to themselves, and each other, in this updated retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story?
15th July (Friday)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Cert: 12. Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Dir. Jon Watts)
Peter Parker's secret identity has been revealed to the entire world and his superhero responsibilities come into conflict with his normal life, putting those he cares about most at great risk. Desperate for help, Peter turns to Doctor Strange to make the world forget that he is Spider-Man. Despite a warning from Wong, Strange agrees but his spell goes awry and, as the first villainous visitors from across the multiverse start to converge on Peter’s reality, it becomes clear he’s going to need all the help he can get to win this particular battle before his world, and possibly many others, come crashing down.
The biggest film of 2021, and now nestling at number 6 in the biggest grossing films of all time list, Spider-Man: No Way Home swings onto Sky Cinema as proof that the Marvel superhero freight train shows no sign of running out of steam just yet.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review
by Tom Davies ·
The multiverse gets mixed up and only Spider-Man can fix it and Marvel rediscovers how to make big-impact tent-pole blockbusters with the Spectacular, Sensational, Astonishing and Amazing 'No Way Home'.
Spider-Man: No Way Home 4K Dolby Vision Blu-ray Review
by Cas Harlow ·
Like a live action Into the Spider-Verse, No Way Home blows the doors open to the multiverse and ties up over two decades of Spidey adventures, with Sony's 4K Dolby Vision and Atmos release as spectacular as the titular character(s).
16th July (Saturday)
How to Deter a Robber (2020, Comedy, Crime. Cert: 15. Gabrielle Carteris, Vanessa Marano, Chris Mulkey, Abbie Cobb. Dir. + Scr. Maria Bissell) - added 21-Jun-2022
During the Christmas holidays in a desolate Northern Wisconsin town, a stubborn young woman and her naïve boyfriend are forced to face off and protect themselves against a pair of amateur house burglars.
17th July (Sunday)
A Mouthful of Air (2021, Drama, Cert:15. Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Amy Irving, Paul Giamatti, Dir. + Scr. Amy Koppelman) - added 21-Jun-2022
Julie Davis is a warm, kind, loving wife and mother who writes bestselling children’s books about overcoming childhood fears, yet despite this, she has yet to unlock and conquer her own dark secret. When the birth of her second child kickstarts a series of events that brings that secret to the fore, Julia is faced with a crushing, desperate battle to survive her downward mental spiral.
22nd July (Friday)
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (2022, Animation, Action, Comedy, Cert: PG, Sky Original Film. Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, Michelle Yeoh, Dirs. Mark Koetsier, Rob Minkoff, Chris Bailey) - confirmed 16-Jun-2022
Hank, a down-on-his-luck hound, finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from ruthless villain Ika Chu's evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from Jimbo, a reluctant former warrior turned trainer, Hank must prove that every dog has his day and fulfil his dream of becoming a respected and fearless samurai and so lead the moggies to save the day. The only problem is - none of them trust dogs.
Originally intended as an homage to Blazing Saddles, Paws of Fury features the voice talents of Mel Brooks and a nod to the infamous “ More beans, Mr Taggart?” campfire scene in the aforementioned comedy classic.
23rd July (Saturday)
Raging Fire (2021, Action, Adventure, Crime, Cert: 15, International Film: Hong Kong, Language: Cantonese. Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Patrick Tam, Lan Qin, Dir. Benny Chan) - added 21-Jun-2022
Donnie Yen stars as Bong, a highly respected hardline cop, with a long history of success on dangerous cases, whose past unexpectedly catches up with him when a sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals. This gang is led by Ngo, a talented former officer and protégé of Bong’s who is fuelled by a deep grudge and is now out for revenge against the man he once saw as a mentor and friend.
Raging Fire was respected Hong Kong writer/director Benny Chang’s final film before he died from cancer in Aug 2020.
Raging Fire Movie Review
by Cas Harlow ·
Donnie Yen goes for a Hard Boiled John Wick version of Heat, in one of the better Hong Kong crime actioners since the heady days of prime Woo.
24th July (Sunday)
Flag Day (2021, Crime, Drama, True Events, Cert: 15. Sean Penn, Dylan Penn, Regina King, Josh Brolin, Dir. Sean Penn) - added 21-Jun-2022
As a child, Jennifer Vogel marvelled at her larger than life father, John, with his magnetic energy and his ability to make everything feel like a grand adventure. He taught her so much about love and joy, but he also happened to be one of the most notorious counterfeiters in US history and his past had caught up with him. Now Jennifer struggles to rise above the wreckage of her past while acknowledging and reconciling this inescapable bond between daughter and father.
Flag Day Movie Review
by Cas Harlow ·
Sean Penn's latest directorial effort marks his first time directing himself, and it's a slight effort butthankfully his daughter Dylan shines through.
29th July (Friday)
The Card Counter (2021, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Cert: 15. Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe, Dir. + Scr. Paul Schrader) - confirmed 21-Jun-2022
William Tell is an ex-military interrogator who is released from a spell in prison where he taught himself the skill of card counting. Now embarking on a craeer as a pro gambler, Tell continues to be haunted by the demons of his past actions. When he meets a bitter, angry young man called Cirk, Tell takes it upon himself to steer the vulnerable man away from the dark path he’s on as a means to bring around some measure of redemption for himself. Embarking on trip across the countries gambling hotspots the pair set their sights on winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.
The Card Counter Movie Review
by Cas Harlow ·
Following on from his powerfully charged Ethan Hawke vehicle, First Reformed, Paul Schrader establishes something of a winning streak with this intoxicating Oscar Isaac morality play.
30th July (Saturday)
Cry Macho (2021, Drama, Cert: 12. Clint Eastwood, Dwight Yoakam, Eduardo Minett, Fernanda Urrejola, Dir. Clint Eastwood)
It’s 1979 and ageing Mike Milo, a one-time rodeo star forced to quit after a severe back injury, takes a job from ex-boss Howard Polk to bring Howard’s young son Rafo back from Mexico and away from his alcoholic mother. To keep under the radar, the pair take the backroads on their way home to Texas, facing an unexpectedly wild ride, during which the world-weary former horseman finds unexpected connections and a sense of much sought after redemption by teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.
This long gestating project (aren’t they all?) is a neo-Western based on the screenplay by Nick Schenk (who also had a hand in writing Eastwood’s Gran Torino and The Mule projects), plus the late N. Richard Nash, who wrote the novel back in 1975 after his original script failed to sell. Sitting with producer Albert S. Ruddy for decades, Eastwood was originally offered the project in 1988 but declined. Many other actors have been associated with it over the years, including Robert Mitchum, Burt Lancaster, Arnold Schwareznegger, Pierce Brosnan and even Roy Scheider, who began filming it in 1991 before it was abandoned.
As a meditation of what it means to be a man and how that changes with age, it will be interesting to see if it ends up being Hollywood legend Eastwood’s swan song.
Cry Macho Movie Review
by Cas Harlow ·
This undeniably slight road movie is a heartfelt but melancholy affair, mostly because it might be the last starring work we get from the 91 year old legend that is Clint Eastwood. Plus win a 40-film Eastwood Box Set.
31st July (Sunday)
Into the Deep (2022, Thriller, Cert: R. Ella-Rae Smith, Jessica Alexander, Matthew Daddario, Nikkita Chadha, Dir. Kate Cox) - added 21-Jun-2022
Jess, a young woman desperate to escape her small coastal town, meets a stranger promising a romantic escape. As the couple spends time together on his yacht, a change in circumstances results in deceit, mistrust, and violence.